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Film Review: "What We Do in the Shadows"

February 19, 2015 2:09 a.m.

KPBS film critic Beth Accomando review the mockumentary, "What We Do in the Shadows."

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ANCHOR INTRO: If the dry absurd humor of the HBO show Flight of the Conchords is to your taste then KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando says you’ll love the bloodsuckers of What We Do in The Shadows.

Love sucks when you’re a vampire.

CLIP I wrote that song for a lovely lady I was once in love with but it wasn’t meant to be because I ate her.

What We Do in the Shadows serves up a mockumentary about the trials and tribulations of being a vampire in the modern world: Everything from consuming your beloved to how to dress when you have no reflection to dealing with pesky werewolves.

CLIP Watch out, don’t catch fleas… historically vampires and werewolves have always been rivals… they show up with their mates pissing all over the plant… awful wet fur smell… panting… I’m not racist, I just don’t like werewolves.

"Flight of the Conchords” creator Jemaine Clement, and Taika Waititi rescue vampires from the fading clutches of Twilight and reanimate them with wicked humor. The filmmakers focus on the mundane rather than the fantastical aspects of being a vampire to deliver not just one of the funniest films in years but one of the best vampire films ever. They reveal more respect for and knowledge of vampire lore than most serious horror films, and that only makes the film more delightfully satisfying. The filmmakers also play two of a quartet of endearing but tragically unhip vampires coping with Internet dating and roommates who don’t do their chores for centuries. It’s all explored with the same deadpan irony that made Flight of the Conchords a cult hit. So put away the garlic and the crucifixes and invite these bloodsuckers in.

Beth Accomando, KPBS News.